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NC judge considers if deported man gets custody

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SPARTA, NC (AP) -- A North Carolina judge is considering whether a man deported to Mexico will regain custody of his three sons.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Felipe Bautista Montes hopes a judge in Alleghany County will give him custody of his sons, ages 1, 3 and 5.

Montes was deported to Mexico two years ago after he was picked up on traffic violations. His wife, Marie Montes, has since lost custody of the children.

Felipe Montes wants to take the boys to Mexico.

Alleghany County child-welfare officials want to terminate Montes' parental rights. Child welfare officials say the home Felipe Montes would take the boys lacks basic necessities like running water.

Terminating the parental rights would allow the boys to be adopted by the foster family where they are staying now.

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